Student Agenda

Our student agendas provide students and parents with valuable information regarding topics such as the Board's mission statement, Board policies, Safe and Caring schools, Code of Conduct and much more. 

Elementary Agenda 
Safe, Caring and Health Elementary School 
The Durham Catholic District School Board recognizes that a school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to work together to create a positive learning environment where all members feel supported. 
Attendance Matters - Make Every Day Count 

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Now is the time to start building this habit so your child learns right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college or university and in the world of work. 

Did You Know?

  • Absences can add up quickly.  A child is considered chronically absent if he/she misses just two days every

Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are much less likely to read at grade level by
        the end of Grade 3.
  • By Grade 6, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By Grade 9, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than Grade 8 test scores. 
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. 

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!


What You Can Do:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and materials needed the night before.
  • Ensure your child is in a structured space where they can be monitored.
  • Don’t let your child miss class unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or
        headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to not engage online. Check with your physician if
        frequent physical complaints are an issue.  
  • If your child seems anxious about attending school, talk to teachers, the school social worker, or other
        parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning. Attending school
        regularly and arriving on time often helps students feel more comfortable and less anxious in the long run.
        Chronic absence makes it difficult for a child to feel a part of the classroom community.
  • Develop back-up plans for connecting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a
        neighbour, or another parent to help.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Communicate with the school and let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they
        can connect to school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any
        questions or need more information please contact your child’s teacher, principal or vice principal.
  • Contact the school if you are planning on taking your child out of school for more than five days as some
        absences require the permission of the school principal. 


Safe Arrival - Automated Attendance 

In June 2018, The Durham Catholic District School Board adopted a new automated attendance system, called Safe Arrival, for reporting student absences. Safe Arrival reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance making it easier for you to report your child’s absence and easier for staff to respond to unexplained student absences. Parents are able to report their child’s absence quickly and conveniently using three different methods:

1. Parents can log into a website: to report student absences.

2. Parents can call into the automated interactive telephone system using the toll free number 1-844-288-7628
    through which absences can be reported.

3. Parents can download the SafeArrival app for iOS and Android smartphones. Search for the
    keyword school messenger in the Google Play store or the Apple App store. Select Canada, select sign up,
    enter your email address that is on file with the school, enter a password. 

All three methods are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Future absences, like doctor’s appointments can be reported ahead of time. For more information, please visit the school website.


Restorative Schools 

We believe that safety begins with positive connections between the students, staff and parents.  To foster these relationships, staff in the Durham Catholic District School Board use restorative practices, including classroom circles and small group conferences to build community within the classroom and the school.  Restorative Practice is rooted in the same philosophical approach as Canada’s Native Aboriginal communities.  It rests on the belief that it is best to do things with people, rather than to them.  When conflict arises, using restorative practice engages students in a fair process that responds to behavior in ways that strengthen and repair the relationship.  It is collaborative rather than adversarial in nature.  The aim of restorative practice is to hold individuals accountable for their actions while restoring and repairing any relationships amongst each other and within the community that may have been harmed. 

Catholic Restorative Schools will:

  • Provide opportunities for someone who has done harm to determine the effect of his/her actions and make
  • Provide a voice for the victim
  • Use a common set of restorative questions both in and out of our classrooms to give the victim a voice and
        enable the perpetrator to determine the effect of his/her actions. “How do you think your actions had
        an impact on others?” “What do you think you need to do to make things right?”
  • Use circles, or small group conferences to build community, develop empathy and understanding, and
        when needed,  to repair relationships
  • Celebrate our Catholic community through the Catholic virtues and Catholic Graduate Expectations

All components of the virtual learning community, including communication threads, will be monitored and inappropriate comments, images, etc. will be removed by the teacher. Each situation involving student behaviour that results in progressive discipline being used will involve an investigation and a fair process as would happen during regular school operations.

School Code of Conduct

School Code of Conduct

All schools base their individual school Code of Conduct on the Ministry of Education Code of Conduct.  As per Board Policy and the Ontario Safe School Act, each school’s Code of Conduct will be developed in consultation with parents, teachers and the Catholic School Advisory Council.  All members of the school community will be responsible for adhering to the expectations as outlined in this Code of Conduct. 

Schools within the Durham Catholic District School Board will focus on prevention, early intervention and progressive discipline as the key to maintaining a positive school environment in which students can learn and educators can teach. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, all staff members will utilize a range of interventions, supports and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from mistakes, and that focus on improving behaviour. In some circumstances, short term suspension may be the method of progressive discipline utilized. In the case of a serious incident, long-term suspension or expulsion, which is further along the continuum of progressive discipline, may be the response that is required. 


Statement of Purpose 

The provincial Code of Conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. These standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in the publicly funded school system whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate. 

The purpose of the Provincial Code of Conduct and the School Code of Conduct is:

  • To promote the well-being and safety of all students and staff in the virtual learning environment
  • To ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are
         treated with respect and dignity.
  • To promote responsible digital citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the
        school community and virtual learning environment.
  • To maintain a virtual learning environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner      characterized by respect and civility.
  • To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict.
  • To discourage the use of alcohol, cannabis and illegal drugs.
Guiding Principles 
  • Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.
  • Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility
       for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
  • Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict.
  • Aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others.
  • The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of
        oneself and others.
  • Alcohol, cannabis and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard.
  • The school will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention
        strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the
        influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Insults, disrespect, and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community.
  • Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and
        difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility. 
Standard of Behaviour 

I) Respect, Civility, and Responsible Citizenship

All members of the school community must:

  • Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws;
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions;
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  • Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic
        origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
  • Respect the rights of others;
  • Show proper care and regard for school property;
  • Take appropriate measures to help those in need;
  • Seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
  • Respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
  • Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
  • Not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
  • Ensure that their communication is respectful, whether done verbally or in writing.
  • Use their own name and image when representing themselves in the virtual learning environment.
  • Complete all work to the best of their ability as independently as possible.
  • Safeguard the password to their online virtual learning platforms to protect themselves against others
       obtaining unauthorized access to their accounts. Students must only access their own account.
  • Adhere to the student dress code (as outlined for non-uniform days) when posting videos, images or
       accessing live communication. Such videos, images or live communication should be completed in a
       manner that limits access to a student’s home environment (e.g., filmed against a bare wall versus in a
  • Receive the written permission of the person who posted any materials (e.g., images, videos) before
        any recording or capturing of materials is allowed. 



II) Safety

All members of the school community must not:

  • Engage in bullying behaviours;
  • Commit sexual assault;
  • Traffic weapons, illegal or illicit drugs;
  • Give alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs to a minor;
  • Commit robbery;
  • Be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;
  • Use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
  • Cause injury to any person with an object;
  • Be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
  • Engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias;
  • Commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on
        the premises of the school.
Consequences of Student Behaviour 

Commensurate with the Durham Catholic District School Board’s Progressive Discipline Policy, when inappropriate behaviour occurs, schools are required to utilize a range of interventions, supports, and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, provide opportunities for students to learn from mistakes, and focus on improving behaviour. In some circumstances, short-term suspension may be the appropriate consequence while in more serious incidents, long-term suspension or expulsion may be the response that is required. 



The infractions for which a suspension may be considered by the principal include:

  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  • Possessing alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis (unless the pupil is a medical cannabis user);
  • Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis (unless the pupil is a medical cannabis
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s
        school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school;
  • Bullying
  • Uttering a racial slur or comment;
  • Sexual slurs or harassment;
  • Possession and/or use of tobacco products;
  • Disrespect towards or desecration of the religious dimension of the school;
  • Conduct deemed to be unacceptable: e.g.,
  • Fighting/Violence
  • Use of profane or improper language
  • Persistent opposition to authority
  • Persistent tardiness and/or truancy including “skipping” classes
  • Theft
  • Inappropriate use of Social Media
  • Any other behaviours deemed to be contrary to the school Code of Conduct.

A student may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) school day and a maximum of twenty (20) school days. 


The infractions for which a principal shall suspend and may consider recommending to the Board that a pupil be expelled from the pupil’s school or from all schools of the Board include:

  • Possessing a weapon, including possessing a knife or a firearm;
  • Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
  • Bullying, if the pupil has previously been suspended for engaging in bullying, and the pupil’s
        continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the safety of another person;
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a
        medical practitioner;
  • Committing sexual assault;
  • Trafficking in weapons or restricted or illegal drugs;
  • Committing robbery;
  • Giving cannabis to a minor;
  • Giving alcohol to a minor;
  • Any activity listed in the Code of Conduct for which a suspension must be considered that is
        motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour,
        religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
        expression, or any other similar factor;
  • Engaging in activities or patterns of behaviour on or off school property that cause the pupil’s
        presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other
        person(s) in the school or Board;
  • Engaging in activities on or off school property that have caused extensive damage to the property of
        the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property;
  • Conduct deemed to be unacceptable:
  • Any act considered by the Principal and Family of Schools Superintendent to be a serious violation of
        the Board or school Code of Conduct.


Mitigating Factors

Before the principal or vice principal makes a decision to suspend or recommend an expulsion he/she must consider all mitigating circumstances.

  • Whether the student has the ability to control his or her behaviour;
  • Whether the student has the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her
        behavior; and
  • Whether the student’s continuing presence in the school does or does not create an unacceptable risk
        to the safety of any person in the school.
Other Factors to be Considered 
  • The student’s academic, discipline and personal history
  • Whether a progressive discipline approach has been used with the student;
  • Whether the activity for which the student may be or is being suspended or expelled was related to
        any harassment of the student because of race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual
        orientation or to any other harassment;
  • The impact of the discipline on the student’s  ongoing education;
  • The age of the student;
  • In the case where the student has an Individual Education Plan(IEP) or disability-related needs:
  • Whether the behaviour was a manifestation of a disability identified in the student’s Individual
        Education Plan;
  • Whether appropriate individualized accommodation has been provided, and
  • Whether the suspension is likely to result in aggravating or worsening of the student’s behaviour or




 Roles and Responsibility
School Boards 

School Boards provide direction to their schools to ensure opportunity, academic excellence, and accountability in the education system. It is the responsibility of the School Board to:

  • Model Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;

  • Develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the provincial Code of
        Conduct and all other rules that they develop that are related to the provincial standards that promote
        and support respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety;

  • Review these policies regularly with students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the community;

  • Seek input from school councils, their Parent Involvement Committee, their Special Education Advisory
        Committeeparents, students, staff members, and the school community;

  • Establish a process that clearly communicates the provincial Code of Conduct and School Board Codes
        of Conduct to all parents, students, staff members, and members of the school community in order to
        obtain their commitment and support;

  • Develop effective intervention strategies and respond to all infractions related to the standards for
        respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety; and

  • Provide opportunities for all of the staff to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to
        develop and maintain academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment; and wherever      possible, Boards should collaborate to provide coordinated prevention and intervention programs and
        services, and should endeavor to share effective practices.

Under the direction of their School Boards, principals take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:

  • Modeling Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
  • Demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe
        teaching and learning environment;
  • Holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
  • Empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community; and
  • Communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
Teachers and Other School Staff Members 

Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and school staff uphold these high standards when they:

  • Model Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
  • Help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
  • Empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community;
  • Communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
  • Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
  • Demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the members of the school
        community; and
  • Prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.

Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

  • Models Christian behaviours founded in Catholic tradition;
  • Comes to school prepared, on time., and ready to learn;
  • Shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority;
  • Refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and
  • Follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.

Parents/Guardians play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role when they:

  • Support the values of our Catholic school system;
  • Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner;
  • Take responsibility and support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning
        environment for all students;
  • Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
  • Communicate regularly with the school;
  • Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
  • Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • Show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the Board’s Code of Conduct and
        school rules;
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour; and
  • Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child.



Safe and Caring Schools Report It - Non-Emergency Reporting System 

Parents and students are encouraged to report incidents of bullying or other school safety concerns as soon as they happen by contacting their teacher and/or school administration. We recognize that bullying affects a student’s sense of safety and security, and some people may not feel comfortable reporting bullying or other school safety incidents. To help ease this worry, students and parents are welcome to use the Report It page available on the school website to report incidents of bullying or other safety concerns that have not already been reported. School safety concerns can be reported anonymously or contact information can be given so that appropriate follow-up can occur. The information provided will be forwarded to the school principal for action and a follow-up response if requested.

Community Threat Assessment and Intervention Protocol - Fair Notice 

The Durham Catholic District School Board is committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors and community members. When student behaviours pose a potential threat to safety or serious harm to self or others, all schools in the Durham Catholic District School Board follow the Community Threat Assessment and Intervention Protocol (C-TAIP), which outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening behaviour. This protocol involves supports from various partners, including community agencies, hospitals and police services. Personal information shared throughout this process will always respect and balance each individual’s right to privacy while ensuring the safety of all. For more information, please refer to the school website or ask the principal for more information. 

Search and Seizure 

According to the Police/School Board Protocol for Durham Catholic District School Board, it is the right and authority of the Principal or designate to search school and personal property, such as lockers, desks, backpacks, purses, etc., without notice or permission of any person as long as the Principal or designate has reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of school regulations and that the search would reveal evidence of that breach.  In exigent circumstances, Police may come onto school premises to conduct their own searches, also without prior notice to or permission of any member of the school community.

Community Partners 

Through outreach, school and community partnerships already in place may be enhanced and new partnerships developed with community agencies and other groups within the community (e.g., Kinark Family and Child Services, Aboriginal Elders). Community agencies are important resources that schools can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing connections between boards and community agencies and formalizing the partnership. These partnership agreements must respect all applicable collective agreements and Board policies.


Durham Regional Police Service Partnerships

The Durham Regional Police Service plays an essential role in making our schools and communities safer. The police investigate incidents in accordance with our Police/School Board protocol. This protocol is based on the provincial model developed by the Ministry of Education. The Durham Regional Police Service are instrumental in supporting our schools with all emergency preparedness procedures and Safe Schools initiatives.  Each of our schools has regular access to a School Liaison Officer.

Permission for Photo and Video Sharing at School 

As we try to keep pace with social media that is so much a part of our students’ lives, it is important to be reminded of people’s right to privacy.  While taking photos or videos at various school events, please be mindful that it is illegal to post/upload/share photos or videos of anyone other than yourself your child on the internet or anywhere without the expressed consent of the person or their guardian. Sharing photos or videos of others without their consent is a privacy violation.

Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement
  • I will protect my digital identity, my passwords, and my classmate’s right to privacy.
  • I will use electronic devices and the internet for positive purposes to make people’s lives better.
  • I will ask or tell an adult if I see something inappropriate.
  • I will take a stand against cyber-bullying.
  • I will not copy the work of others from the internet.
  • I will not take pictures of people without permission from the teacher, principal and student.
  • I will not use an electronic device in private areas (e.g. washrooms)
  • I will only use social media in a manner that respects the dignity of others.
  • I will remember Jesus’ message do unto others as I would have done to me.


Elementary Agenda